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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Media Blasters
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Cosmo Warrior Zero

Cosmo Warrior Zero Vol. #4

By Chris Beveridge     February 27, 2003
Release Date: February 25, 2003


Cosmo Warrior Zero Vol. #4
© Media Blasters


What They Say
The final showdown between Zero and Hel Matear begins as Zeth Vorder is tricked into merging with the core of Hell Castle. Now the Machine Men’s fortress is powerful enough to withstand a direct assault from Queen Emeraldas, the Death Shadow, and the Karyu. Harlock and Emeraldas must protect Zero while he prepares to use his unstable main weapon, the Saint Elmo’s Fire. The fate of Technologia depends on his command.

The Review!
With the final volume of the series, we really get one final episode and then two side story episodes, plus a rather nice extra.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The audio track here is a pretty standard stereo mix with some good moments of directionality across the forward soundstage, but otherwise a basic stereo mix. Dialogue was nice and clear and there were no noticeable dropouts throughout.

Video:
The transfer for this release continues to look very good. With it being such a recent show, the materials are in excellent shape and the authoring job doesn’t appear to have brought anything bad to it. Colors are great looking without being over saturated or bleeding, aliasing is very minimal and cross coloration is relatively non-existent.

Packaging:
The final cover is really slick here with some great looking meshed artwork, as we having Marina in the center as her body is being torn apart set against the villains massive ship. The back cover provides a nice collage of images alongside a decent summary of what to expect. The shows production and technical information is all clearly listed, though a bit small this time around. The insert provides chapter stops for the episodes while the reverse side is more boxart.

Menu:
The menu is nicely done, with the various ships from the series laid out across it in the grid format as well as having various destinations being dotted for the discs selections. Access times are nice and fast and the layout is very much in the shows style.

Extras:
The extras are good here, usually more than a final volume of the series gets. The art gallery provides some more artwork and the outtakes gallery provides a few more solid laughs, though nothing beats the “wheee” moment from an earlier volume. What gets high marks here is the inclusion of the Marina Special, which is a sixteen minute piece of new and previously shown animation that tells the story of Marina from her perspective and the story of her planets life. It’s very well done and adds quite a bit to the character.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the final volume, it’s admittedly somewhat difficult to review as there really is only one episode here and it’s the finale. Practically anything said about it is going to be a spoiler, especially since the majority of it is purely action based and the final moments of the big battle.

Let’s just say, the way the series ends out with this last episode is well done and builds nicely upon what has come before.

What’s a real treat here, something people weren’t sure we were going to get early on, is the two episodes after it that are basically a side story that takes place much earlier in the series. Things go back to the time when Zero was still chasing solely after Harlock and hadn’t properly met him yet, still considering him to be absolutely no different than the rest of the pirate scum out there in the galaxy.

His opinion gets changed here, as after he starts searching for him in one particular hell hole, he ends up being captured by a pirate gang that’s a bit smarter than most others. They’re trying to use him as a hostage to acquire the Karyu and to become an even stronger gang, primarily so that they can take on Harlock and get the massive bounty on his head. Zero gets a bit of help from Emeraldas when she investigates to see who was captured, but she doesn’t free him, rather telling him that he really needs to open his eyes and see things as they really are.

Events end up leading us to a world that Tochiro has built, which amusingly from a distance looks like a mushroom. The world is pretty psychedelic in some senses, and there’s just one little house with a few rooms on it. But what the world really hides is what’s important, which is one of Tochiro’s secret labs where he’s amassed a huge amount of amazing weapons and devices. So when the pirates come chasing after the escaped Zero and decide to take on Harlock at the same time, everything starts following the chaos theory.

The two episode side story is rather fun and amusing, but at the same time it feels like it doesn’t quite fit into the continuity of the series itself. But with so much of the Matsumoto universe being set up with contradictions and impossibilities, it’s extremely easy to ignore anything out of place here and just enjoy the show. Between the side story and the Marina Special, the series goes out on a very up note and with hope of seeing more of Zero and his adventures in the future. This series really surprised us with how much we got into it, since it wasn’t something that we’d normally enjoy, especially this much. But as we continue to absorb all things Matsumoto, we aren’t terribly surprised.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery,Dub Outtakes,Marina Special

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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